Goshen releases 1.3 million gallons of untreated sewage into river because of power outage

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GOSHEN, Indiana — The superintendent of the Goshen Wastewater Treatment plant says it released about 1.3 million gallons of untreated sewage into the Elkhart River because of power outages.

Jim Kerezman told The Elkhart Truth (http://bit.ly/1n0erk5 ) on Friday the release occurred between 3 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday after storms moved through the area, knocking out power to thousands.

Bacteria levels in the river, including E. coli, can rise for at least 72 hours following sewage discharge. Kerezman says the bacteria levels are likely back to normal.

But Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman said Friday it's probably best to avoid contact with the river at any point unless the weather has been clear for a long time.

Kaufman says until Tuesday, the city had only discharged untreated sewage into the river once since 2011.

Information from: The Elkhart Truth, http://www.elkharttruth.com

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